Here’s one I “invented” (i.e., googled and tinkered) out of desperation one night before grocery day with nearly-empty cupboards. (You know, that “nearly-empty” kind of cupboard stuffed with cans of all sorts of nutritious substances you thought really important to stock up on… once upon a time.)
But with a scant half-hour before Daddy gets home, wailingly hungry kids, and a cupboard full of random cans, what do you do? Tuna tomato pasta, of course! A three-ingredient wonder. (Four, if you sprinkle some Parm on the top
This works best with some kind of big-noodle pasta, like rigatoni or giant shells. Last week I picked up some fancy pasta that calls itself Bucatini — it was tasty, but I’d prefer the shorter, fatter varieties of pasta if I had my druthers. But it’s a great way to change up this meal if it becomes a bit of a last-minute staple!
So, here’s the nitty gritty. Ready? Go!
Easy Tuna Tomato Pasta
- 18 oz. pasta noodles
- 24 oz. pasta sauce/marinara
- 3 cans tuna
BAM! And there you go. But if you want to get real fancy, add…
- 1 tbsp. or so of minced garlic (I prefer pre-minced, for convenience, but if you’ve got the time, go for fresh!)
- Chopped veggie, such as spinach or zucchini
- Grated Parmesan
- Set salted water to boil in large pot. Cook pasta according to directions.
- [Optional] FANCY: In large skillet (cast iron all the way!), heat up a tsp. or so of olive oil on med-high heat, then add minced garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add chopped veggies and saute until just the way you like them (in my husband’s mind, until pulverized out of all shape and texture, lol).
- In skillet on high heat (either filled with garlic/veggies or simply a tsp. of olive oil), add three cans of drained tuna. “Saute” until liquid is gone and tuna is good and fragrant, almost with a bit of crispy to it.
- Add jar of marinara to skillet. Stir and keep on heat until warmed through.
- Pour sauce over drained pasta. Dish it out to the hungry hordes, and take a long-deserved sip of wine.
And that’s it! The first time I served it, it was a huge hit. And not too bad for a 30-minute throw-together meal!
I hope it blesses your family, and their tummies, too.